Friday, October 22, 2010

DEC commissioner Pete Grannis fired (updated) - Capitol Confidential

Well now what's left for NY sportsmen~

DEC commissioner Pete Grannis fired (updated) - Capitol Confidential



To: nyscc@nyscc.com
Subject: Message from President Howard Cushing regarding Pete Grannis

I am sure most of you know by now that Governor Paterson has dismissed Commissioner Pete Grannis. Most of the issues surrounding this latest development within DEC stem from Commissioner Grannis’ willingness to stand up to the Governor and tell the truth about cutbacks and layoffs requested by the Governor and how they would impact the agency. Although times are tough, there is a very real possibility that DEC will be gutted or worthless should all the cutbacks and changes come to pass.

I have a very deep concern that the Department of Budget or the Governor will be looking at the Conservation Fund as a cash cow; and if they think they are going to touch the Conservation Fund under my watch, they are underestimating the lengths I and the Council will go to not to let that happen. If necessary, we will file a lawsuit to keep the Conservation Fund intact and do whatever needs to be done to protect it. I hope you will support us in these efforts.

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